NUJ in parliament
27 January 2018
The NUJ has an all-party parliamentary group which meets regularly while the UK parliament is sitting.
The chair of the group is Clive Lewis, a former broadcast journalist and MP for Norwich South. The vice-chairs will be from across the political spectrum and will be confirmed after the summer recess.
The NUJ is not affiliated to any political party and organises meetsing and campaigns with politicians on union priorities agreed by NUJ members.
The NUJ campaigns and communications department is responsible for working with members of the NUJ parliamentary group. To raise issues in parliament please email: email@example.com
The NUJ also works with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group and supports TUC parliamentary campaigns.
The NUJ takes an interest in a range of parliamentary committees, contributes to parliamentary inquiries and public consultations on legislation. Details of all the latest bills and legislation are available on the www.parliament.uk website.
NUJ parliamentary campaigns:
BBC Love it or Lose it: access the latest news about NUJ BBC campaigns.
Local News Matters: access the latest news about the NUJ LNM campaign.
Safeguarding journalists and their sources: access the latest news about the NUJ surviellance campaign.
International: the union fights for press freedom and trade union rights across the globe. Access the latest information about our international campaigns.
NUJ briefings and submissions
All the unions briefings and submissions are published and available on the dedicated web page:
Early day motions (EDMs)
Early day motions are tabled in parliament for MPs to support.
Latest list of all EDMs.
You can ask your MP to support an EDM in parliament.
The EDMs listed below are supported by the NUJ.
You can find out what your local MP has said on NUJ related issues and you can contact your MP via the They Work For You website.
Early Day Motions supported by the NUJ
EDM 828: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THE US
That this House believes that journalist and black political rights activist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been wrongly imprisoned and should be released from his decades-long incarceration in Pennsylvania; further believes that there is widespread evidence of police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct and that Abu-Jamal's incarceration has led to severe life-threatening illness; notes that the 1982 trial judge gloated in racist terms of his intent to sentence Mr Abu-Jamal to death; and believes that Mr Abu-Jamal is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.
That this House believes that the resignation of Carrie Gracie, the former China editor of the BBC, highlights the anger and frustration of many women journalists at the BBC that a swifter resolution has not been reached to the scourge of unequal pay at our public service broadcaster; notes that figures published in 2017 revealed that the BBC's two male international editors have been paid, at least 50 per cent more, than its two female counterparts; further notes that of the list of those earning over £150,000, only a third were women and just 10 of the 96 were black or minority ethnic backgrounds; supports the National Union of Journalists in pursuing a collective grievance on behalf of 121 women who work across the BBC in a variety of roles and grades, on top of a number of individual cases that were already in train; calls for urgent government action so that pay equality is addressed across the media and broadcasting industries more generally and that effective sanctions are served on employers who flout equal pay legislation.
EDM 53: NEWSQUEST - THE HERALD AND EVENING TIMES NEWSPAPERS
That this House is alarmed by recent actions by Newsquest, owner of The Herald and Evening Times newspapers; is concerned by the approach to five senior members of staff offering redundancy packages; notes that in the last few weeks, the Editors of The Herald and Evening Times were told they would be stood down to the role of Deputy Editor with substantial pay cuts; further notes that those Editors were told they would operate in the same way as previously but under one Editor for both titles; notes that both Editors refused those offers and faced dismissal before intervention by the National Union of Journalists so that exit packages were negotiated; notes that a Deputy Sports Editor has also left with an exit package; is concerned that there are serious doubts about the new structure and concerns over extreme workloads that will drive up stress and over bullying; and believes that these measures will affect the quality of both titles.
EDM 504: IMPORTANCE OF A FREE PRESS
That this House believes a free and independent press is vital to healthy political and public life; notes the contribution of Scottish newspapers to political and public life; welcomes the focus of papers, such as the Scotsman, on news from a Scottish perspective; and condemns the acquisition of publishers and the publicity surrounding it to undermine good journalism and promote personal agendas.
Amended: leave out 'welcomes' to end, insert, 'further notes that in July 2017 Johnston Press threatened to close 24 local newspapers across Scotland; notes at the same time there were around 12 vacancies in the three Scotsman titles creating a lot of stress and demands on journalists to work extra hours; notes that following the National Union of Journalists intervention and negotiation there were no closures; and one company stated filling vacancies; and notes current dissatisfaction within the Johnston Press Board, and real concerns in the direction of the company, affecting the quality of the titles.'.
EDM 485: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS
That this House welcomes the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) campaign to end impunity for crimes against journalists; commemorates the UN international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists on Thursday 2 November 2017; notes that the UN day of action was adopted in 2013 to mark the anniversary of the killing of two French reporters in Mali, and comes ahead of another important ·anniversary on 23 November, of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines when at least 32 journalists lost their lives in the single deadliest attack on the media; further notes that the priority areas of concern this year for the IFJ are Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Ukraine and Yemen; supports the aim to hold all governments accountable for their impunity records and denounces crimes targeting journalists that remain unpunished; condemns the perpetrators who have killed the 55 journalists who have lost their lives when carrying out their duties since the beginning of 2017; deplores that only one out of every 10 killings in the media globally is investigated; and calls on the Government to use its influence around the world to bring such impunity to an end.
EDM 481: CERTIFICATION OFFICER'S LEVY ON TRADE UNIONS
That this House is gravely concerned that the Government's proposals for a Certification Officer's levy on trade unions would result in unions having fewer resources to represent their members, a reduced capacity to negotiate better jobs and working conditions for working people, and a diminished ability to take enforcement action against bad employers; does not believe that the functions delivered by the Certification Officer should be recoverable by the proposed levy, which is both unnecessary and out of proportion to the reality of the current system; notes that the current proposal effectively create a flat-rate charge for all unions with an annual income of over £900,000, and does not account for the varying budgets and existing resources of those organisations; further notes that the proposed division of costs between the various types of organisations regulated by the Certification Office is unjust and greater clarity needs to be provided on the rise in costs, since the Certification Officer's income is set to more than treble; and therefore calls on the Government to consider retaining the existing funding arrangements, or at least to ensure that any system of levies treats unions and employers equally, and ensure that all levied organisations are required to pay at a level that is broadly proportionate to their income.
Last parliamentary session ending June 2017 -
EDM 1109: LOCAL NEWS MATTERS
EDM 1002: PROTECTION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS MAKING PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES
EDM 474: FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA IN TURKEY
EDM 431: RESTRUCTURING OF BBC MONITORING SERVICES
EDM 304: JOURNALISTS AT BBC PARLIAMENT CHANNEL
EDM 150: TRINITY MIRROR AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
EDM: 128: FUTURE OF THE BBC NEWS CHANNEL
EDM 7: RELOCATION OF THE BLACK COUNTRY BUGLE
Last parliamentary session ending May 2016 -
EDM1310: JOB LOSSES AT GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS
EDM 1187: CLOSURE OF THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER'S PRINT TITLES
EDM 1039: FINANCIAL TIMES PENSION SCHEME
EDM 1017: JOB LOSSES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS
EDM 954: NEWSQUEST TITLES IN GLASGOW
EDM 930: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
EDM 821: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN TURKEY
EDM 630: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES TARGETING JOURNALISTS
EDM 421: JOB LOSSES AND BUSINESS STRATEGY AT MEDIA WALES
EDM 263: SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS AND THEIR MEMBERS
EDM 179: LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN SOUTH LONDON
EDM 93: TRINITY MIRROR JOB LOSSES
EDM 903: YEMEN AND THE KILLING OF JOURNALIST ABDULKARIM AL-KHAIWANI
EDM 902: CARMEN ARISTEGUI AND JOURNALISM IN MEXICO
EDM 899: COVERT SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS
EDM 854: STATE OF MEDIA FREEDOM IN TURKEY
EDM 670: DEFENCE OF JOURNALISTS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
EDM 352: SAFEGUARDING JOURNALISTS AND THEIR SOURCES
EDM 203 DIVERSITY IN THE MEDIA
EDM 170: IMPRISONMENT OF JOURNALISTS IN EGYPT
EDM 1307: PRIVATE COPYING COPYRIGHT EXCEPTION
EDM 1273: MEDIA PLURALISM
EDM 1160: FUTURE OF BBC THREE
EDM 1088: NEWSQUEST NEWSPAPERS AND LOCAL JOURNALISM
EDM 1021: TERRORISM ACT AND PRESS FREEDOM
EDM 956: AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS IN DETENTION IN EGYPT
EDM 909: THREATS TO ANABEL HERNÁNDEZ
EDM 886: LIVERPOOL POST NEWSPAPER
EDM 844: BANNING OF JOURNALISTS FROM FOOTBALL GROUNDS
EDM 795: DEFENCE OF PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE PROSECUTION OF JOURNALISTS
EDM 739: FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS
EDM 520: TRANSPARENCY OF LOBBYING, NON-PARTY CAMPAIGNING AND TRADE UNION ADMINISTRATION BILL
EDM 309: ATTACKS ON MEDIA FREEDOMS IN TURKEY
EDM 234: CLOSURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER IN GREECE
EDM 211: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM
EDM 194: INCOME INEQUALITY
EDM 191: IMPORTANCE OF ARTS AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
EDM 183: THREAT OF CLOSURE TO NORTHERN MUSEUMS
EDM 138: DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT FUNDING OF S4C
EDM 126: RESPECT AT WORK IN THE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
EDM 80: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
EDM 67: VICTIMISATION OF TRADES UNION REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOME DEPARTMENT
EDM 42: HILLSBOROUGH, ANNE WILLIAMS AND JUSTICE